Powell's Purple Bulldogs Earn Golden Ticket

Fayettevillle junior quarterback Taylor Powell (6-1, 200) led his team to a 12-0 mark in last weekend's National Select 7-on-7 Tournament in Derby, Kan., and thus the Purple Bulldogs won a spot in the national tournament July 16-18 in Hoover, Ala.

Fayetteville junior quarterback Taylor Powell and his teammates marched into Kansas last weekend and ended up with a free pass to Alabama.

Powell (6-1, 200), who holds an offer from Arkansas State and interest from others such as Arkansas, helped the Purple Bulldogs go 12-0 while winning the Kansas Select Qualifier of the National Select 7-on-7.

Fayetteville - which beat host Derby 33-7 in the championship game - earned the right by winning one of the 12 qualifiers - to compete in the national tournament July 16-18 in Hoover, Ala.

Powell was 169-of-238 with 44 touchdowns and four interceptions during the event while leading receiver Tyson Morris hauled in 34 catches and 10 touchdowns and Bruce Armstrong had 25 catches for seven scores.

“We just played great as a team, especially the wide receivers and our defense,” Powell said. “Our defense didn’t even give up double figures in points on the last day. It made things real easy for me and our new offense is really sweet.”

Indeed the Purple Bulldogs whipped Winfield, Kan., 38-5, Derby’s junior varsity 32-7 and Collegiate, Kan., 33-0 before topping Derby 33-8 on Saturday ahead of the championship contest.

Powell, who passed for 2,513 yards and 20 touchdowns with 8 interceptions last season, is proud to be a part of taking his team back to Hoover as have those before him.

“I think both (current Arkansas quarterbacks) Brandon Allen and Austin Allen both got their teams there, I know Austin did,” Powell said. “So it is big for us as a team and I think it just helps us gain more confidence and chemistry as a team.”

Powell is coming off an early summer in which he made several unofficial visits to campuses of schools that have shown interest.

One of those was to Arkansas, a school he would obviously love to have an offer from in the future.

He got the chance to work with new Razorback offensive coordinator Dan Enos.

“I think the camp at Arkansas went really well and I enjoyed getting to know Coach Enos more and learning about what he plans to do with the offense next season,” Powell said.

“I got a chance to throw along with (Razorback 2016 quarterback commit) Cole Kelly to some of the better wide receivers and that was a lot of fun.”

Powell – the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Sophomore of the Year - took trips to Arkansas, Arkansas State, Memphis, Illinois, TCU and SMU in the past month.

“I really think that Illinois is getting close to offering and Memphis, too,” Powell said. “I’m really just trying to get better and work on everything I can to get better so our team can have a great season.”

Bentonville topped Fayetteville 24-21 in the Class 7A state title game last season.

Powell led his team to a go-ahead touchdown with seconds left, but the Tigers answered to win.

“No matter if we were picked first or last we are going to go about business the way we need to,” Powell said. “We are just trying to get better every day.”

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